What is Osteopathy and how does it work?
Osteopathy is a healthcare profession that uses a patient focused, physical approach to restoring, maintaining and promoting physical and psychological well being. Osteopathic treatment does not just target the symptoms but treats the areas of the body causing the symptoms. This is known as a holistic approach and believes the body works as a unit, it will run better if all aspects are working together smoothly. Osteopaths concentrate on diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitating or correction and future prevention of musculoskeletal disorders without using drugs.
What should I wear?
Can I bring a friend or relative?
Will the treatment hurt?
If you have any concerns then please discuss this with the treating osteopath, they will be able to provide you with information on how to reduce the symptoms. If you have any concerns over a reaction to treatment please contact the clinic to talk to the treating osteopath for further advice, if necessary please leave a message and an osteopath will respond as soon as possible.
Do I need to see my GP before making an appointment?
How much does treatment cost?
30 minute sports massage: £30.
For more information on our fees, please see our Fees page.
Receipts are available on request.
Will treatment be covered by my medical insurance?
Please contact your health care provider for further information as some may require you to visit your doctor first.
How many treatments will I need?
We expect to see improvements after 1-2 sessions but more involved cases such as spinal disc injuries may take up to 6 sessions to relieve the majority of symptoms. As soon as your progress appears to be sustaining between treatments, you will be advised to contact the osteopath only if your symptoms return.
If after the initial treatment the osteopath does not believe treatment will help then they will refer you to the necessary medical practitioner.
Can I make sure my osteopath is qualified to treat me?
To qualify students must undergo more than 1,000 hours in the university clinics transferring the written knowledge into practical skills.
Osteopaths must by law register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and it is an offense for anyone to call themselves an osteopath if they are not registered. Osteopaths have been regulated by statute since 1993 and are individually covered by professional indemnity insurance alike to doctors.
GOsC website: www.osteopathy.org.uk
Do I have to do anything after the treatment?
what if I have a complaint
Phone: 020 7357 6655
The General Osteopathic Council,
176 Tower Bridge Road,
London SE1 3LU
What do osteopaths treat?
We are currently permitted by the ASA to advertise treatments for the following conditions*:
General aches and pains
Joint pain such as hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis
Elbow and shoulder pain such as frozen shoulder and tennis or golfers elbow (epicondylitis)
Arthritic or rheumatic pain
Acute and chronic back pain including lumbago
Mechanical neck pain
Minor sports injuries and tensions arising from sporting activities,
Digestion problems such as IBS
Inability to relax
Osteopathic treatment provides additional support to standard medical treatment.
* Recent changes in the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) means osteopaths can only advertise treatment of conditions for which there are existing high level research or gold standard proof e.g. double blind trials. This is problematic for Osteopaths who tailor personal treatment programmes for each individual patient. Double blind trials require large amounts of funding up to £600,000 and are generally unsuitable ethically and technically to Osteopathic treatment approaches. Funding is limited as we are not provided with Government funding and large amounts of medical funding is provided by drug companies who have little interest in funding drug free treatments. Although we as a profession do not have a large number of double blind research studies we have a growing patient base who say we have helped them successfully treat a wide range of conditions not mentioned on the limited ASA list, this is assessed by results noted in case studies, qualitative research and personal testimonials.
If you have any further questions please phone us to discuss this further on 0118 969 6811 / 07792580402.
Osteopaths treat patients of all ages from newborns to the elderly and pregnant women to athletes. Osteopathy is a healthcare profession that uses a patient focused, physical approach to restoring, maintaining and promoting physical and psychological well being. Osteopathic treatment does not just target the symptoms but treats the areas of the body causing the symptoms. This is known as a holistic approach and believes the body works as a unit, it will run better if all aspects are working together smoothly. Osteopaths concentrate on diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitating or correction and future prevention of musculoskeletal disorders without using drugs.
What is the difference between Chiropractors and Osteopaths?
Hands on treatment of musculoskeletal problems.
Both professions are regulated in the UK in similar ways to doctors and dentists.
Attendance to university for training leading to BSc (Hons) or Bachelor degree (some osteopaths now receive an M Ost and undergraduate masters degree).
Differences in the delivery and application of manipulative techniques; Chiropractors tend to use direct techniques focusing on spinal alignment with or with out x-rays. Osteopaths use more indirect techniques of a slower and rhythmic pace using the use of touch (palpation) to feedback changes in tissues and focus on all areas of the body.
Chiropractors tend to use more spinal manipulation and the treatments tend to be shorter and closer together. Osteopaths improve the function of the whole body by working on muscles, joints and ligaments using techniques such as massage, stretching, strong articulation and joint manipulation to aid return to health and treatments tend to be longer (30mins) and further apart.